An ever-growing sport, Wheelchair Basketball at the School Games is a fantastic opportunity for both disabled and able-bodied athletes to compete in a top-level, multi-sport environment.

Looking back over 2017, the impressive talent of all the Wheelchair Basketball squads was undeniable.

An unmistakeable highlight of the competition was England North’s monstrous win over England South, the score laying at 77-29. The squad also claimed a large win over Northern Ireland, finishing 67-16.

Now notorious with the crowd for their grand final scores, England North met a tough battle against England Central, in a final that no one will forget. With the score finishing 52-44 in England North’s favour, the gold medal was much deserved!

Callum Doherty, a member of the Manchester Mavericks Wheelchair Basketball Club, scored eight points to help England North secure their victory.

After a slow start, England North picked up the pace and went into the half time break with a three-point lead, before stretching ahead in the third and fourth quarters.

North’s Lucas Warburton, a member of Manchester Mavericks, sealed the team’s win with a free throw with just 30 seconds left on the clock!

But, the most nail-biting event of the competition was arguably the battle for bronze, as Scotland and England South fought it out to reach third place.

Ending with the weekend’s closest Wheelchair Basketball score line, it was the Scottish squad who were victorious by one basket, at 58-56.

Wheelchair Basketball was also one of only a few sports to host an already internationally successful athlete. Northern Ireland’s Katie Morrow was destined to impress the crowds, having already competed for Team GB in the 2016 Paralympics, where the team finished in the highest Paralympic position they had ever achieved, 4th.

With so much talent on court and a Paralympic athlete in their midst, the reel of Wheelchair Basketball highlights seems to go on and on!